Richard Swinburne sets out powerful philosophical arguments for the truth of Christian doctrine. In his earlier book Is There a Cod? he argued that the orderliness of the universe and the existence of human beings already provide some reason for believing that there is a God. Swinburne now takes the discussion further, and argues that it ยก5 probable dial the main Christian doctrines about the nature of God and his actions in the world are true. In virtue of his omnipotence and perfect goodness, God must be a Trinity, live a human life in order to share our suffering, and found a church which would enable him to tell all humans about this. It is also quire probable that he would provide his human life as an atonement for our wrongdoing, reach us how we should live and tell us his plans for our future after death. Among founders of religions, Jesus satisfies uniquely well the requirement of living the sort of human life which God would need to have lived. But to give us adequate reason to believe that Jesus was God, God would need to put his 'signature' on the life of Jesus by an act which he alone could do, for example raise him from the dead. There is adequate historical evidence that Jesus rose from the dead. The church which he founded gave plausible interpretations of his basic message.Therefore Christian doctrines are probably true.


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